Move SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 - Fresh Install
Posted on 2010-08-19
I have bought a new server with SBS 2008 preloaded. I want to move the data and exchange mailboxes to the new machine (don't need to move any sharepoint, sql, etc) from the old SBS 2003 machine.
I know there is a full SBS2003 to SBS2008 migration plan - but I want to have a fresh install rather than the migration. I only have 5 workstations and 5 mailboxes.
What is the best way to move the exchange mailboxes? Exmerge or pst?
Also will I lose the old user profiles on the existing workstations (therefore will I need to backup the user specific items - favs, docs, etc)?
I am also changing the internet connection/service provider and the IP address for our hosted email. I am thinking of setting up the new machine, adding users, then moving the data over via usb connected harddrive, then moving the mailboxes over (again either with exmerge or pst), then removing the workstations from the SBS2003 network, moving their connection to the new network and connecting them using the SBS connect feature. Then I will need to change the dns pointer to the new IP.
What else do i need to think about?